I opened an Etsy shop a month ago, but I was a buyer for years before that. I spent a lot of time window-shopping. If I was in a bad mood, browsing sometimes put me in a better one--it was heartening to see all the marvelous things that people across the country (world) were creating and finding. I'd save things in my favorites, maybe to buy one day, but also just to look at.
I found treasuries especially inspiring. Treasuries (in case you don't know) are a visual gallery of 16 thematically related items. The front page always features a treasury that changes periodically, but you can click on "Treasury" on the lower left side of the home page and browse them chronologically, or do a search of thousands of treasuries. Type in "blue" or "boyfriend" or Mothers day" (or anything) and see what pops up.
Sorry to sound like an ad for Etsy, but I started making treasuries recently, and it's fun. You don't have to be a seller; if you're registered as a buyer you can make one too. (And to register as a buyer you just need to give an email address, user name and password.)
The first one I created using the theme, Read To Me. I was thinking about how much I loved reading to my children when they were little. (Some of the pictures are missing. Maybe those items got sold?) Anyway, here it is.
I've made two that are related by color. I think they are the best from a visual, aesthetic viewpoint. They are blue, green, and a touch of pink and gray, blue, and white. Between them I made awaiting summer. I was in Vermont and cold when I made it. The most recent one was all vintage. I titled it vintage = earth friendly. I should have spent more time on it. For some reason doing all vintage was harder.
Have you ever made an Etsy treasury? And what about Pinterest--has anyone tried that?